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Age: Preschoolers
Categories: Games

 


200 Award
Counting Bugs Dominoes
(Mudpuppy Press $14 Score:) 28 jumbo reversible dominoes with bug pictures on one side and dots on the back

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 200.

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2007 Award
Zingo! Heroes
(ThinkFun $16.99 Score:) Updated with a superhero theme, this is a fun variation on Vingo. Each player gets a card with Marvel comic heroes such as the Thing and the Hulk. The dealer pushes down on the superhero tile dispenser. Be the first to see a match and the tile is yours. Will appeal to boys—quick to learn and to play. 4 & up. Thinkfun has also added the Marvel license to other past award winners including Hopper Heroes ($16.99 4) and City Crossing, now with Spiderman ($16.99 4). Still top rated, last year’s Toot and Otto Game ($7.99 4), a fun variation on Connect 4. (800) 468-1864.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Candy Land Castle Game
(Milton Bradley $19.99 Score:) We love this low-tech game that reinforces shape and color concepts. Pull the candy-cane lever and out pops a shape. Players match shape spaces on their gingerbread-cookie playing boards. Preschoolers will like the action of popping shapes, and you can add words that define the colors and shapes.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Diggity Dog
(International Playthings $19.99 Score:) Players must listen to the number of times the big electronic dog barks and then move their little dog that many spaces. When you land on that space, your magnetized dog picks up a bone. If it matches your dog, you keep the bone in your dog house. Winner is the one with the most bones, of course. A game of chance with listening and simple counting. 3 & up. 2–4 players. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Smart Cycle
(Fisher-Price $99.99 Score:) Responding to concerns that our kids are sitting on the couch way too much, Smart Cycle combines video games and active play. Be forewarned—the stationary bike is small, so if you have a big preschooler, you might want to test-drive this in the toy store. In order to play most of the games on the TV screen, kids must pedal. The bike comes bundled with Learning Adventure, a game that combines typical arcade driving with pretty simple matching games that focus on letter names, colors, shapes, and numbers. Kids use the joystick on the bike to select some answers and steer the handlebars for others. Hooks up easily to the A/V jack of your TV. Our testers found the games entertaining. Additional games including Dora, Hot Wheels, Barbie, and Diego are planned, but were not ready for testing. 3 & up. We really wish they had made a version for older kids who traditionally spend much more time playing video games!

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2008.

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2008 Award
Once Upon a Time Matching Game
(eeBoo $12.95 Score:) The matching cards are all fairy-tale related but not tied to a license (a plus to our testing family). The cards "are substantial" and will hold up to more wear and tear. I Never Forget A Face Memory Game ($12.95)—same idea (less pink). Our almost-five-year-old tester proclaimed, "this is the best memory game ever" (after he repeatedly beat his grandmother). Our testers were split on the new Tea Party Game ($15). One family loved the big playing pieces and the tablecloth that add to the pretend part of this simple luck-of-the draw game. Another family preferred the game play of the Once Upon a Time game above. Graphics are beautiful. For a less pink version, the Picnic Game ($15) uses the same idea with a few ants thrown into the mix!

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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2009 Award
Polar Bear A B C
(Hasbro $9.99 Score:) If you're working on letter recognition, this is a fun game to play at home. There is a fishing pole and letters to go fishing for...kids will learn how to spell 15 different words that they are asked to go find the letters for. What's really nice about this game is that it isn't overwhelming--there are only 13 letters. Very straight forward with the added bonus of getting to put the polar bear figure in the water if you finish spelling your word. Marked for preschoolers, but will be a good game for 5s and 6s working on their letters. Safety note: the letters are backed with a magnetic sheet--so if there are kids in your house that still mouth their toys be sure to keep this one out of range. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2009.

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